February 19th is a date to mark in your calendars. It is, after all, Chinese New Year – Year of the Sheep, in fact – and that means there’s gonna be a whole lot of celebratin’ over the coming days. So let’s take a cheeky gander at all the awesome events going on in Leicester and Lancaster, and how you can celebrate Chinese-style!
The Chinese New Year Celebration Gala – Friday, 20th February 2015
Where: The Athena
Fancying checking out some great traditional Chinese entertainment, coupled with plenty of performances? Then the Confucius Institute has got you covered. There’ll be a mix of singing, dancing and comedy from a wide range of cultural groups. And don’t forget the traditional Chinese dumplings that’ll be served up throughout the night. Tickets for the gala cost £12 and can be obtained by emailing the Confucius Institute.
Chinese New Year Funfair – Saturday, 21st February 2015
Where: Victoria Street, Morecambe
When: 11am – 5pm
Morecambe puts the fun into funfair with their unique New Year celebrations. Take a wander down Victoria Street, just south of the beach, and discover enticing food and drink stalls. Pop along to the Winter Gardens car park for a thrill-seeking funfair. And delight in the many performances that’ll be taking place – including the Northern Dragons Lion Dance Team, Blackpool’s Qilin Team and the Batala samba drumming group, who’ll be performing at 11:45am, 12:45pm and joining the epic parade which starts at 2pm.
Chinese New Year Carnival – Sunday, 1st March 2015
Where: Market Square, Lancaster
When: 10am – 5pm
This year will be Lancaster’s biggest celebrations yet! There’ll be not one, not three, but two stages featuring live performances. Market Square will play host to the Lebara Mobile Stage, where you can catch the Malaysian 24 Festival Drums, alongside the vibrant Northern Dragons and Hung Gar lion dance squads. And let’s not forget Blackpools Qinlin team and firm favourites, Lancaster’s Batala samba drumming team, who will be performing at 11:45am, 12:45pm. Then check out the incredible parade, which starts at 2pm on Penny Street.
10th Anniversary Gala
Where: Lancaster Town Hall
When: 12pm – 3pm
The 10th Anniversary Gala will be the ultimate celebration of the Year of the Sheep. The Hua Xian Chinese Society will be putting on an absolute must-see show featuring the Sichuan Performing Arts troupe. It’ll be a breathtaking display of martial arts, acrobatics and artistry that showcases some seriously amazing acts of human agility. Fun for all the family. Tickets cost £15 for adults, £8 for children under 16. Under-fives go free.
And now you’re all set to see in the Chinese New Year. Bit better than a drizzly firework or two along the Thames! You’ll feast on traditional Chinese foods and drop your jaw at these wonderful performances. Need more reasons to head here? How about our outstanding student accommodation in Leicester and Lancaster? For more info, simply contact us on (Lancaster) 01524 541 251 or (Leicester) 0116 251 7270 and our team will be delighted to assist.